What Do I Need to Know About Mold in the Workplace?
Mold in your home is a threat to your family’s health, but there are additional considerations when there’s an infestation in your office or business. Here is what the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has to say about the matter of mold in the workplace.
Detection and Prevention
• Any interior mold should always be removed, so testing is necessary only when visible growth can’t be confirmed.
• Excess moisture opens the door to mold growth, so water leaks and spills should be treated thoroughly within 24 to 48 hours.
• Maintain a regular building inspection schedule, paying close attention to HVAC systems, kitchens and bathrooms.
• The connection between mold growth and illness is still being studied, so there are currently no specific federal guidelines regarding mold in the workplace.
• Allergic reactions such as sneezing and red, itchy eyes are the most common health effects of inhaling mold spores.
• Consult a healthcare professional to address any concerns your employees may have.
• An effective remediation plan should include steps to remove excess moisture and other conditions encouraging mold growth.
• Personal protection equipment such as goggles and respirators should be used by all remediation workers.
• Eating and drinking on-site should be avoided during the remediation process.
• Depending on the scope of the project, employees may need to be relocated while remediation is taking place.
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